2007 Student Design Competition Winner
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The 2007 ASID Student Design Competition called on students to develop a design concept for art gallery owners Emma and Andrew. The couple’s private living quarters, as well as gallery space, were to be incorporated into two three-story brick rowhouses. Students were instructed to merge the rowhouses into a single space, with gallery space on the first and second floors and the third floor as Emma and Andrew’s residence.
This year, ASID received more than 75 entries and after a difficult deliberation the judges selected Jeff Larsen’s entry, New York Gallery, as the winner of the competition. Larsen, an ASID Student Member since 2005, attends Brigham Young University – Idaho. As the top prize winner, he received $1,500 and a complimentary trip to INTERIORS 08: The ASID Conference on Design in New Orleans. Jeff’s winning design was honored at “Celebration,” the Society’s annual awards gala honoring the best of ASID interior designers. “I was amazed with how friendly and cordial everyone was,” Larsen says. “I felt like part of a team as well as part of a family of designers.”
The awards jury for the Student Design Competition—comprised of Sandy Gordon, ASID; Charrisse Johnston, ASID; and Marsha Faulkner, ASID—felt that Larsen’s design solution was elegant and very well-presented. His design included a strong concept, “global,” with adherence to that concept shown throughout the scope of the project. He fulfilled all technical requirements while presenting the information in a clear and concise way. The design solution offered a dynamic street view and gallery entrance and the ability to hold meetings and lectures without interfering with the gallery space. Also, the design of a custom rotating art display system further reiterated his “global” concept.
Larsen wanted his design entry to provide his clients with an adventurous opportunity to showcase the culturally-enveloping design of international artists and art enthusiasts, while exposing them to sustainable design as well as varying art, media and natural finishes.
Asked how he felt to be the 2007 ASID student design competition winner, Jeff replied “It’s great to have hours and hours of hard work be recognized. I realized I wasn’t just representing myself with this project but also my school, my colleagues and my incredible instructors. I owe many thanks for all they’ve taught me.”